The shopping center is pritty new. Just over two yrs old.
It's situated between the Market square & the Vrijthof.
Many good shops can be found in 3 leves including ZARA, MANGO, GEOX, Xenox,Bjorn Borg, Toy Master....
Also few good restaurants.
What to buy: Everything from shoes to toys, from clothes to music & good coffe.
What to pay: depends of what are you looking for.
What to buy: New as a trend is mosaforum and the shopping street in Wick. In old town, many shops are located in nicely decorated old houses, these small boutiques can be found in the stockstraat quartier. The big shoppingmall is Brusslesepoort in the neighboorhood with the same name. some supermarkets are the Alberthein at the helmstraat and Plein 1992 and the Aldi ate plein 1992. Heerlen has a hughe shoppingmall ‘ ut loon’ and a shopping boulevard, for furniture, kitchens, and so on. Also, farms often sell local products such as limbeur cheese. Stokstraat sells elegant fashion, quite expensive. Fashion mondial, French and Italian coutiers. For ceramiques you can go to Antiek Nick toma in Heerlen. On saterday morning a flee market is held in front of the station, the stationstraat and on Sunday morning it is on Liège. Some less known but originall artefacts that you can buy as a souvenir: 1: cavecheese (cheese from Valkenburg, buy it at Joosten Fromages et vins) 2: souvenir in marble (you can let your name get inscrpted in a piece of marble in Valkenburg)3: Limburgse mergelblokskes (white bon-bon chocolade, with a soft taste in the shape of marble blocks)
Maastricht is The Netherlands'oldest city; many believe it's also the prettiest. Recently named 'The best shopping city in The Netherlands', Maastricht is definitly the place for shopaholics. Between Vrijthof and the railway station we discovered unique boutiques, specialty shops and fine department stores.
So, it's fair to say that Maastricht is a superb shopping centre. We walked the paved passages and narrow streets and saw that the city houses lots of small fashion shops, gift shops and (for example) interior decoration shops. To be honest ... I'm not that much of a shopaholic, but being in Maastricht it took out the worst of me. Or as Patricia said "The best out of me!" LOL. I also could not resist entering the specialty shops and buy stuff, but also some good old fashion window shopping was a favorite way of spending an hour of two in this magnificent city!
What to buy: Just about everything!
This store has amazing clothing, shoes and accessories for women. Most of the items are one of a kind type of artsy, timeless designs that are appropriate for any age. The store itself is beautiful, conveying an exotic, sensuous setting for comfortable shopping. The staff is very open and gracious and I would highly recommend a visit to this store if you are looking for items out of the ordinary that you won't see on anyone else.
What to buy: Coats, bags, shoes, jewelry. They also carry a perfume line from France called Esteban that consists of exotic scents.
What to pay: This store is not tremendously expensive, but it is not cheap either. Coats ranged from 500-1200 Euros or thereabouts.
In a nutshell: if you like to shop, you'll like Maastricht. The city center is like a giant shopping mall -- there are lots of shops and stores. On one street, they have even built a glass cover over the street (see photo) which makes it seem like both an outdoor city street and an indoor shopping mall.
You'll love the variety and selection of the merchandise in Maastricht. You just might not like the prices which are on the high side.
What to pay: A lot
Interesting produsts that are not so often bought are limburgse mosterd. You can buy this delicassy at Adriaan (Sint Pieterstraat 36). Maastricht ultimate shop for fresh coffee and coffee related products (chocolade and coffee liquors like mocca etc) is located at the Wolfstraat. It is a very popular shop amongst local coffee lovers its a very small shop with a coffeemill. At the stokstraat Kiki Niesten and in myck Max are famous fashion boutiques. Maastricht has recently also a Bijenkorf, located at the grote Staat. For art and antiques there are old furntiture, paintings and interesting artefacts to buy at galery Myrèse (Sint Pieterstaat 21). For old maps and old books you can go to Maaslands Antiquariaat (Stokstraat 20). The best bookshop in town is the Tribune (Kapoenstraat 8). Finally if you like limburgian music as a nice souvenir, go to Free Record store at the Wolfstraat. Ask for Frans Theuniz, de Potsvrouwe or Ut Mèrretkoerand you can get an impression.
What to buy: Maastricht aajt (packet as a present) with a glass of the Gulpener beer. Grottenchees. Its chees coming from the caves of the village of Valkenberg (Joosten Fromages et Vins, Wijckerbrugstraat 43); and of course vlaaien (Patessery Royal, wyckerbrugstraat 13). at gall en gall you buy Els, a tasty iquor (Brusslse poort). During the season of Carnival you can buy "nonnevotten," sold at bakeries, this is a product of fritter, very sweet, originally from the town of Sittard. When you have been a on a daytrip to Valkenburg, having visited the mergel (marble) caves there, you can buy a marble stone tabled with something inscribed in it, you can wait for it when they make one for you. At pattisery Royal you can buy "mestreechter keukskes" these coockies are in the form of the Maastricht arm of coats. Typical finally are the sweet "bon bons" the chocolade called "limburgian marble blocks" these are in the shape of little marble blockes and the boxes are embellished with photo's from the marble caves. its white sweet soft chocolade.
At the tourits office (VVV) you can buy some interesting books about the history of Maastricht. The blue “maastricht in beeld” is a great book on Maastricht with beautifull illustration and backgrounds. Also a lot of fiction has been written about Maastricht, that is taking place in the region. At this moment, “la Citoyenne” a historic roman about love and dispair in industrialization Maastricht is a beautifull one, as well as the witings of Hendrick Veldeke. As well the kiekoet (heggenstraat 2) has a lot of souvenirs. Also a nice souvenir is a “leesplenkske” with which you can learn Limburgian languahe or Maastricht language. The Panhuis (panhoes) at the marketsquare sells carnivalstuff as well as tourist stuff. Buy a typical carnivalmask, which you can hang up in your house on the wall. At some shops they sell artefacts which are a part of volksreligion, such as little china statues of maria and saints. Finally, Maastricht being the city in the counttry for fashion and elegance, you might buy some of the newest fashion here. Bona Venia is one of the chique fashion shops in the city centre.
With the Maastricht guest card you recieve discounts at many shops in Maastricht. You can buy the card at the Maastricht tourist office (VVV) for about 7 euro. The card can be used for 16 days. There is also a Zuid Limburgse guest card but this one mainly gives discounts at restaurants and tourist attractions.
At saturday there is an antique and flee-market in front of the station (stationstraat) which starts early morning and ends around 4 pm. On thursday there is a farmermarket with biological products and on friday there is a food-market at the Marketsquare. Special markets are also mentioned in the tourist office magazine.
Situated in a shoppingmall outside the city center this shop has a tradition of chees selling, especially the well known and world famous Limburg cheese, of which the chees "Romedoe" is one example. The cheese smells, but is delicious.
What to buy: Romedoe cheese.
The shops in the centre of Maastricht are ones which I would love to explore further, they're so original and a lot of thought has been put into the window displays. This is one of the main things that struck me about the town centre. If you're like me and you are tight on time (and money! it's quite pricey) go window shopping... it's worth it! I fell in love with the place.
What to buy: There are beautiful clothing and jewellery boutiques and th sweet shops are so impressive. It honestly has something for everyone, all the shop assistants seemed very helpful also (and also very handsome in some cases!)
What to pay: quite expensive really in general but some hidden gems are to be found.
Maastricht and the province of Limburg are known for pie - and for good reason. From apple hazelnut to cherry to pear, this is some of the best pie you'll ever have. I especially recommend the pie from this place below "Bisschopsmolen." More info on location is on the way..
The last few months many new stores have been opened in Maastricht.
Two huge new shopping malls were built over the last two years and I have to say: It's amazingly beautiful!
In March 2007 the final stages of building will be finished and there will be a grand opening of Mosae Forum. Entre Deux will be ready a little before that.
Check these two links to see what it will look like:
I can definitely recommend you all to go shopping in these two shopping centres... They're beautiful and the shops are GREAT!
What to pay: It totally depends on which shops you decide to shop in ;).
There are two H&Ms with low prices for cool clothes, but there also is a Zara and a Mango (with medium to high prices).
The entire old centre is a pedestrian zone. Many shops, boutiques and antique shop line the cozy roads. On weekends it is quiet busy since many visitors cross the border from Germany and Belgium to enjoy the specials here.